Friday, March 2, 2018
Read : Psalm 67
Thoughts from: Stacey Bonds
The Psalmist begins this song asking for God to be merciful to us. It speaks loudly of our great need for his compassion and grace. Earlier in Psalm 8:4, David extols the excellence of God and asks in this verse, “What is man that you are mindful of him?” We are often guilty of thinking so highly of ourselves and being so confident in our own plans and strength to carry them out, that we forget our place before the Holy Father. In fact, what are we that a righteous God would be mindful of us? We need his mercy at every step. Due to this undeserved mercy, we can freely come before God and ask for forgiveness and blessings. The psalmist asks that His face shine upon us. What an amazing thought! That the God of the universe would “light up” upon the sight of us! What a beautiful picture of the Father’s love for His children!
In response to this mercy and favor, verses 2-5 speak of a response to God’s face shining on us. “That His way may be known on earth and His salvation to all the nations.” It is so humbling to think that God’s blessings to us aren’t ours in isolation, but rather used by Him as a testimony of His grace for others. Do we praise Him openly for His many blessings? Verse 3 says, “Let all the peoples praise You, O God!” Do we see our blessings as an opportunity of outreach to the lost around us, and even those around the world?
Flowing from His blessings to all of His children should be loud praise! Verses 3 and 5 repeat, “Let the peoples Praise You!” Verse 6 follows with “Then the earth will yield her increase: God, our own God, shall bless us and all the ends of the earth shall fear Him.” Even our praise of Him comes with promise! We first need His mercy, then knowledge, then follow it with praise for the abundance of His goodness toward us. And then “God, our own God, shall bless us.” And we shall be blessed indeed!